Source: Eurosport.com/mirror.co.uk

Barcelona presidential candidate Joan Laporta has identified Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta as a potential replacement for current Barca boss Ronald Koeman.

Laporta is one of the favourites to win the presidential race and hold a second spell in charge of the Catalan club. His previous stint saw the 58-year-old hire Pep Guardiola as Barcelona manager and Laporta is looking to replicate the previous successes by bringing Arteta to the Camp Nou.

The Arsenal boss has impressed Laporta due to his managerial style, philosophy and the fact that he once graduated from Barca’s esteemed youth system La Masia.

This would be huge for Arteta. His journey at Arsenal has only just started but it would be tough to turn down the opportunity to manage Barcelona and work with Lionel Messi.

It seems like Barca really want to bring back Guardiola, but his extension at Manchester City killed any hope of that. Club legend Xavi has also reportedly ruled himself out of a Camp Nou return, so Arteta is now being targeted.

The 38-year-old coach is highly rated in the managerial world and worked under Guardiola for three seasons at Manchester City. He will be a great coach one day, but a move to Barcelona this summer might be too soon for him.

Barcelona target Arsenal’s Mikel Arteta as manager to replace Ronaldo Koeman – Report

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